OK, it's now decided. If I did have a vote (see footnote) in a referendum on the EU Constitution it would be a 'Yes' for a European vision and the dream of a European future. Inspired today by Daniel Cohn-Bendit in an interview in de Volkskrant (my translation):
Cohn-Bendit finds the power of imagination is missing from the endless discussions of recent weeks. You can carry on beating each other over the head with Articles from the Constitution, as it it were the Koraan, the Talmud, or the Old and New Testaments. "If you say 3.32, than I say 1.4," "Yes, but then I say 2.12". Absolutely no one is following this any more. I find it much more inspiring to look to the future and see the possibilities opened up by this Constitution.
So we are back to our roots in the sixties generation. It was in 1968 that as, a student in Belfast, I first took part in protest demostrations. Cohn-Bendit was one of the leaders of the May Revolution in Paris that year. The events in Paris seemed to inspire the demonstrations in Belfast.
Imagination, vision and feelings are thicker than legalistic details of the Constitution. So here is my vote in the virtual European referendum on the Constitution: YES!
Earlier this month De Socialist published my letter - see page 4 of the May 2005 edition - and see the section on the EU Consitution in An Inspiring Day with the Socialists for an English version of some of the same thoughts.